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18 Mitch Moreland 1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 9/6/1985 | Birthplace: Amory, MS | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $502,700 | Owned/Started%: 13/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland hits HR in second straight game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit his fourth home run of the season in Friday night's 10-9 win over the Yankees. 

For Moreland, it's the second consecutive game he's hit a homer as he also hit one in Thursday's win over the Red Sox. Moreland, who went 2 for 4 against the Yankees, has now recorded a hit in six consecutive games. 

Moreland is slashing .321/.394/.543 for the season. 


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland hits 3rd HR of year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Red Sox. 

For Moreland, this is the third home run he's hit this season. He finished the game 3 for 4 and also hit an RBI single. He now has drove in 14 runs this year. Moreland has now recorded a hit in five consecutive games and has hit a home run in two of his past four. 

Moreland holds a slash line of .312/.382/.506. 


Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland blasts second home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland went 2 for 4 at the plate in Texas' 5-1 win over the Indians on Sunday.

Moreland got things going early when he crushed a double to deep center field in the second inning, scoring a run. Then in the sixth, Moreland crushed a Carlos Carrasco offering out of the park for a solo home run, his second of the season.

"It was one of those things where you've just got to get a good pitch in that situation, and you know, I was able to get a pitch up in the zone and put a good swing on it," Moreland said to MLB.com.

Moreland is now hitting .288 with 12 RBI in 66 at-bats this season.


Rangers activate Mitch Moreland, demote Jake Smolinski


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The Rangers have announced that they have activated first baseman first baseman Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list and optioned rookie Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.

"He's had very mature at-bats," manager Jeff Banister said to MLB.com. "The at-bats have come at big times, really, for us. It's fun to watch. I used the term the other day, 'We're watching him grow up in front of our eyes.'"

Moreland has been sidelined for two weeks with an elbow injury that landed him on the disabled list. He returns with a fine slash line of .304/.393/.457.

"I felt good before I even went [on the rehab stint]," Moreland said. "The main thing was just to make sure the elbow holds up through a few swings, and I figured it did."

Smolinski ends his stint in Texas on a 4-for-29 slide.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland (elbow) to be activated Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will make one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday before coming off the disabled list for Wednesday's game against the Royals, MLB.com reports.

Moreland has been sidelined since April 27 due to an elbow injury. He's 0 for 9 with Round Rock but has draw six walks during his rehab stint. Moreland has hit .304/.393/.457 with one home run and nine RBI in 46 at-bats.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland draws four walks in rehab appearance


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland went 0 for 2 with four walks for Triple-A Round Rock as a part of his rehab assignment on Monday.

Moreland is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury and is yet to record a hit in three games for Round Rock.


Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland still hitless in rehab stint


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland went 0 for 4 on Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock as a part of his rehab assignment.

Moreland is now 0 for 7 with a walk in two games in Triple-A. Moreland is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland goes hitless in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland went 0 for 3 with a walk in his rehab debut with Triple-A Round Rock Saturday.

Moreland is on the disabled list while recovering from an elbow injury. He has hit .304/.393/.457 with one home run and nine RBI in 46 at-bats. When activated, his presence back in the Rangers lineup could push Kyle Blanks to left field.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland to start rehab assignment Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will begin his rehab assignment Saturday for the team's Triple-A affiliate, the team announced.

Moreland is trying to make his way back from elbow surgery. He is currently on the disabled list.


Mitch Moreland takes batting practice with Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland took batting practice with the team on Friday, per the Star Telegram.

Moreland is on the disabled list after having elbow surgery. Moreland is scheduled to leave the team to start a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. 


Rangers could move Kyle Blanks to outfield


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) The Rangers called Kyle Blanks up to play first base with Mitch Moreland injured. But with Moreland's left elbow injury is nearly healed, Blanks may not be heading back to the minors. 

Blanks has impressed thus far as he held a .357 batting average entering Thursday's game against the Rays. He's hit three home runs and totaled five RBI. Therefore, the Rangers are considering moving Blanks to the outfield when Moreland returns. 

However, Blanks' injury history is a concern for the Rangers. At first, the risk of injury is a lot lower than in the outfield. 

"We are aware of that," manager Jeff Banister said, via MLB.com. "This is a big man and that is a lot of area and a lot of wear and tear. A guy swinging the bat like he is, you want to keep him healthy and on the field."


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland hits in cage, may start rehab Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was able to hit in the batting cage Wednesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Moreland, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, said after the session he was feeling great. He is hoping to take batting practice Thursday or Friday and hopefully begin his rehab assignment as early as Saturday.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland throws, hits off tee Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (elbow) threw from 75 feet Tuesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He also took 25 swings off a tee.

"I felt great," Moreland said, per MLB.com. "I felt like this would be quick. I feel like I'm where I want to be and can start getting ready for a game. I missed a lot of time last year [due to left ankle surgery] and I want to be out there. I didn't want to go down, that's why I tried to fight through it."

Moreland would like to hit in the batting cage Wednesday. Moreland is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-May.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland only had one chip removed from elbow


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, but when doctors opened him up, there was only one chip to be found. 

Moreland said he had a chip about the size of a watermelon seed removed from his left elbow, per Fox Sports Southwest, and that was the only chip there was.  

Moreland will travel with the team on the road trip to Houston. He's scheduled to have the sutures in his elbow removed on Monday or Tuesday and will begin throwing the same day. 


Rangers' Moreland undergoes elbow surgery; Blanks promoted


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery to remove a loose body from his left elbow, per the team's official website.

Moreland was scratched from the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday after his elbow had locked up on him earlier in the day. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Texas purchased the contract of first baseman Kyle Blanks from Round Rock. Outfielder Alex Hassan has been designated for assignment to open space on the active roster.

Moreland started the year with a .304 batting average, a home run and nine RBI in 16 games.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland out two-three weeks for elbow surgery


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, who's been trying to play through elbow issues this season, will finally shut it down and have surgery on Wednesday to repair loose bone chips in the elbow and is expected to miss two to three weeks of action, according to FoxSportsSouthwest.com.

Moreland was scratched from the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday because his elbow had locked up on him earlier in the day.

Moreland is hitting .304 with a homer and nine RBI in 16 games this season.


Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland may need surgery on elbow


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland may be dealing with a more serious issue than originally expected, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Moreland left his left elbow lock up Tuesday morning, the same injury he dealt with earlier in the season. Despite playing through it for a few days, Moreland may need surgery to repair the loose bone chip.

"I tried to fight through it this first time," Moreland said. "It's locked up again so I don't know if there's something we can do, move it around, get it dislodged or find a better spot. I don't know what the deal is until I see the doctor."

Moreland noted he can't fully extend his arm and is constant pain. Manager Jeff Banister is going to take it day by day with Moreland.

"It's been one of those things for Mitch each day to see how it feels," Banister said. "We knew that was probably going to be the process. Best thing I can do is trust the doctors and the information."


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland scratched from lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland has been scratched from Tuesday's game against the Mariners, the team announced. Moreland is dealing with an elbow injury that locked up on him, according to Dallas Morning News. A chip may have gotten lodged in an awkward spot in his elbow.

Moreland, who is hitting .304 with a home run and nine RBI, will be replaced by Adam Rosales, making his seventh start of the year. Rosales is hitting .200 with a home run and three RBI in 20 at-bats. 


Mitch Moreland gets start at first base for Rangers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Mitch Moreland will start his second straight game at first base for the Rangers on Saturday. 

Moreland started for the first time in 11 days on Friday. He's in the lineup at first again on Saturday, batting fifth in the lineup. 

The Rangers are +145 money line underdogs at the Angels. 


Rangers' Mitch Moreland (elbow) starts for first time in seven games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Angels after missing six starts due to an elbow injury. Moreland hit second against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

Moreland is batting .250 (3 for 12) with two RBI and two strikeouts in his career against Richards.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland makes pinch-hit appearance Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (elbow) made a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday, going 0 for 1 in his team's 8-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Moreland has been limited by an elbow injury in recent days, and he wasn't in the starting lineup Wednesday as expected. However, he did come to the plate with a man on first and one out in the seventh inning but hit into a double play. The team has been unable to use a designated hitter while in a National League park this week, but Moreland could be back in the lineup Friday when the team opens a series against the Angels in Anaheim.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, the team announced.

Moreland, who is dealing with a knee injury, is expected to be on the bench until Friday, with the team playing in National League stadiums until this weekend. Moreland is hitting .276 with one home run in 29 at-bats this season.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland likely on bench until Friday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland likely won't be in the team's starting lineup for most of this week. 

While Moreland has been bothered by loose bodies in his elbow, his benching isn't injury-related. The Rangers will be playing interleague games at Arizona, so the team won't be using a DH. Prince Fielder will be at first base for the games, per the Star Telegram


Rangers' Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland to split DH duties this year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder and designated hitter Mitch Moreland will be used interchangeably on defense this season, reports MLB.com. Fielder was slated as the designated hitter Sunday for the sixth time, one less than he's started at first.

"Prince Fielder is our first baseman and Mitch Moreland plays first base," manager Jeff Banister said. "I will use both as needed. I see both players playing. I haven't seen enough of Mitch to evaluate his defense but I'm going to continue to play both at first base and both will get time at DH."

Banister wants to avoid Fielder becoming exclusively a DH.

"His energy level and who he is, we want to keep him engaged," Banister said. "DH is a challenging spot to perform in anyway if you're used to being in the field. The ability to play defense and stay engaged creates an energy. I don't want any of these guys [being a full-time DH] unless we find a David Ortiz-type of guy."


Mitch Moreland out of Rangers lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland was not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. Moreland has a sore elbow and hasn't played since April 15. 

Prince Fielder will be the Rangers' designated hitter on Sunday, moving from first base. Adam Rosales got the start at first, batting sixth in the lineup.